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Erosion and Sediment Control Tip #39

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  While wood chips can provide excellent mulching cover to keep soil in its place, uncomposted wood chips can be a challenge when trying to establish vegetation.  While decomposing, wood chips will tie up nitrogen, and can create a droughty and hot surface.  This makes seedling establishment tough.  In concentrated flow areas, wood chips will float and move. Wood chips that have been through a complete composting process can make an excellent soil amendment.   IT'S CLEAR WATER ALABAMA WEEK!!!!!!!   Perry L Oakes, PE Erosion and Sediment Control Program Coordinator AL Soil and Water Conservation Committee

Erosion and Sediment Control Tip #38

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  Don’t you just feel good when a well thought out plan comes together.  An Erosion and Sediment Control Plan is the same.  A Plan that is properly planned and executed is a thing of beauty.   Perry L Oakes, PE Erosion and Sediment Control Program Coordinator AL Soil and Water Conservation Committee

Erosion and Sediment Control Tip #37

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  On a construction site, you may be responsible for erosion and sediment control planning, installation, or inspection.  Just remember, that you could be the only one on the job that is protecting the downstream environment.  Keep up the good work.   Perry L Oakes, PE Erosion and Sediment Control Program Coordinator AL Soil and Water Conservation Committee

Erosion and Sediment Control Tip #36

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  This may be my best E&SC Tip yet.   The 2022 Version of Alabama’s Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook (The Blue Book) is now available electronically.  Click on the following links to get Volume 1 or 2:   2022 Blue Book Volume 1   2022 Blue Book Volume 2   The Introductory section of each Volume of the Blue Book contains the Major Changes, New Content, and Major Clarifications since the 2018 version was published.   Enjoy.   Perry L Oakes, PE Erosion and Sediment Control Program Coordinator AL Soil and Water Conservation Committee

Erosion and Sediment Control Tip #35

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  Just as this picture clearly shows that a paving job is a “Process” if done correctly, erosion and sediment control on a construction site should be a process.   E&SC practices must be properly planned, correctly executed (sequenced), correctly installed, adapted as needed based on site conditions, and properly maintained for the life of the practices.   When E&SC is executed with a “Process” in mind, our soil can be kept on-sight and our construction stormwater clean.   Perry L Oakes, PE Erosion and Sediment Control Program Coordinator AL Soil and Water Conservation Committee

Erosion and Sediment Control Tip #34

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  I’m going to get on my soapbox again:   Those who know me, know that I spent over 35 years with USDA/NRCS working with private landowners to help them solve natural resource issues on their property.  My former co-workers and I have often stated that you can determine how well a property owner is going to maintain conservation practices by taking note of the general appearance of the farm.  Now that I have worked a few years in the Erosion and Sediment Control world, I believe the same can be said about erosion and sediment control practice installation and maintenance on a construction site.  Sites like this one shown here should NOT be happening in 2022!   Perry L Oakes, PE Erosion and Sediment Control Program Coordinator AL Soil and Water Conservation Committee

Erosion and Sediment Control Tip #33

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  As a professional in the Erosion and Sediment Control Industry, it is important for each of us to take the time and make the effort to share our knowledge with others.  Whether it is giving a presentation at a technical meeting, sharing information with our co-workers, or sharing with the youth in our world.  How many have taken the time to explain to their kids or grandkids the importance of being a good steward of our natural resources.  So, Teach ‘em Young!  It’s important for the next generation to carry on with the work we do.     Perry L Oakes, PE Erosion and Sediment Control Program Coordinator AL Soil and Water Conservation Committee